Yes, yes, we know we're all supposed to be praying for rain. But can you blame us if we're excited about this week's miniature heat wave? We normally spend the months of June through August staring dumbly at friends' Instagram pictures of beach days and lake houses, counting the days until October, when we burst out of our homes and haul ass toward Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, our pale San Franciscan bodies burning to a crisp at the first hint of sun exposure.
Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration. But still: Warm weather in these parts, during these months, is a special thing indeed. With this in mind, here are a few suggestions for events that will get you out of doors while it lasts. (And don't forget to pack the sunscreen.)
Thursday, July 30: Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Revue at the UC Botanical Garden. If you're already making a trek to check out the grossest flower ever, you could do a lot worse than to spend the rest of your evening spent in a beautiful redwood grove in the Berkeley hills, in the shade of 100-year-old trees — with one of the Bay Area’s hottest R&B crooners, no less. Details here.
Thursday, July 30: The First Annual Ginger Pride Festival at Dolores Park. Nuff said. Grab your redheaded stepsister and head on over at 6 pm for a photo booth (complete with ginger wigs), a specialty cocktail (Jameson and ginger ale, naturally), a silent disco, and an afterparty at Monarch at 10 pm. It's all open to gingers and ginger-allies alike.